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Galaxy Watch Active 2 gets some Watch 3 features

A sizable firmware update is out for Galaxy Watch Active 2 owners. This is a progressive rollout so may take a while to reach you. The software refresh brings new fitness, health and connectivity features to the device. But no SpO2 or ECG. This iteration is marked R830XXU1CTH8, the One UI Version 2.0 and the Tizen Version 5.5.0.1.


Fitness and health

To start off, Active 2 is getting more detailed running stats. This includes analysis of asymmetry, regularity, stiffness, vertical oscillation and ground contact time. The list sounds pretty impressive as these aren’t the type of metrics you’d expect from a wrist-based wearable. You are more likely to get them from running pods and they can be useful in improving running form and preventing injury.

What’s more, users will also get an estimated VO2max score. Unlike the above, Samsung is a bit late to the party here as most sports watches already have this. It provides an estimate of the amount of oxygen your body can utilize during exercise and is a great indicator of a person’s fitness.

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A new health related feature is fall detection. Made famous by the Apple Watch, the timepiece now looks out if you trip or fall. You will then be given an option to send an SOS notification to up to four people that you have pre-marked as emergency contacts.


Connectivity and more

Other upgrades are to do with smart features. You will now be able to read a notification directly on your wrist along with chat history, as well as emoticons and photos. So no more reaching for your smartphone for this.

To make replying to texts easy, Smart Reply will spit out a few suggested responses for messages and photos. For the latter it uses AI photo recognition technology.

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The final add-ons allow provide you with more wrist-control of your mobile phone. There are features giving you instant access to your phone’s playlist, a support the scroll caption feature and more.

You can find out more about the new features on Samsung’s website.

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